Where did you ride OUTSIDE today (2021)

Very unusual here at least to have clear skies in February and it isn’t Baltic (freezing), it was an average of 9deg :+1: The roads have been really ripped up though and the 2foot of snow we had (not much going by other places) didn’t help. I think I’ve got the tyre to seal after 5+ attempts but more sealant and new tyres are ordered.

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Got a little bit muddy running laps of Bootcamp and Step It Up at Duthie in Issaquah WA.

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Deer may not be aggressive, but I don’t think they are harmless if they feel threatened.

We have a small group of deer that live in my mostly suburban neighborhood. The “woods” that used to stand between groups of townhomes and businesses is slowly shrinking due to a new metro train station being built, which has spurred tearing down trees to build offices (though right now most people are working remote) and apartments.

I was riding my bike on a small trail that goes along that sliver of trees and this doe would not budge from the pathat all.

I took my RC car out by the the trees last week, the deer were feeding on a small grassy area near our house. The ran off but then came back to watch me drive the car like they were not scared at all… smh…

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Stopped raining / snowing enough for me to get a quick 20 mile ride in. Weather in the 50’s and sunshine. Looks like Sunday will be a washout though… Doing intervals outside is an art…that I haven’t mastered…

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Training for a 200km audax ride by riding around L.A. today. Sunny and fairly warm but had 28mph wind gusts on several of the climbs.

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Since the AC unit blew up the other day my bat cave is sitting at +27c and around 80% humidity. Finding a replacement unit is similar to finding a smart trainer or power meter ATM.
Outdoors it is then.

This is what it looks like from my lounge in the mornings. As much as I want to nail Laconte…two mornings in a row I’ve hit my new outdoor training loop.

It’s a fairly flat loop that’s mostly dedicated bike lanes with a few sets of lights. 40kms that can easily be stretched out to 100kms if I’m feeling frisky.

It’s a shame I can’t stand casino gambling. The new one they’re building is starting to look pretty awesome. They’re even building a new bridge over the river. Just incase you need a quick gambling fix.


The wildlife was out and about today due to the river being quite high. There’s a load of younger homeless individuals that normally hang out under the cycling/jogging paths along the river.
I got a big smile from one of the regulars when I caught him taking a sneaky hit from his pipe. F’ing sad state of affairs for some.

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Cracking day for it yesterday in the UK. Sun was out but still a chill in the air, so I was well wrapped up unlike some of the many others who were out…brrr!

Swamped around some planned workouts in the week so I could make the most of it and hit the road for 3hrs-ish in z2

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Agree. I sometimes, though rarely, saw folks run or walk right toward them. One mocked me for avoiding them. First, I figure it’s ok to give the deer a break. I can go around. Second, if the local gets attacked, that’s one thing, but if an ex-pat/immigrant American gets a rebuttal from a deer, well, that’s a different headline.

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Forget Deers. Cows are the real killermachines! :cow2:

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Cows are all over my local trails! I’ve had them run alongside me while I pedaled. I imagine them saying “you go, girl!” But they are probably saying “go away, girl!” :joy:

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I headed to Logie Kirk today and for some daft reason I decided to go up the hill behind it.


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Need to get some photos next time out. This is one of many variations on a classic road loop I can knock out in an hour or so right from my house. Today was more about mental health than zones but still trying to keep it tempo and below, still nice not to be too bothered about jamming it a bit.

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I like the way you mounted your varia. What’s the mount you used?

Just a short recovery ride from Friday’s effort. 90mins keeping my HR in Z1, 25km or so.

Happened to bump into a friend who was one of those heli-lifted to hospital (severe head injuries) during the Ride London event a couple of years ago. Having got over that a couple of years ago he then had a cardiac arrest so now has a pacemaker/monitor fitted. He still rides but he’s been doing a lot of Zwift rides during lockdown, keen to get back outside!

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Cows running full steam ahead is on of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. :joy:

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20 miles, 4000 feet… in 4 hours at 5mph. This is what an endurance ride in the snow is like.

We had ~6” in the past 48 hrs. The trails I rode on are popular with skiers and snowshoers, so rideable if you wait for a few hours to allow them to get compacted.

Edit: I should clarify that my neighbor grooms the trails every few days, and without that they would be unrideable. After a fresh snow fall, it just takes a few ski or snowshoe tracks to compact the fresh powder enough to ride.

Beautiful day, but cold, so not a good day for Vitamin D despite all the sun. The aspens looked pretty however.

In the spring when we get the freeze-thaw cycle, the surface in this snowfield hardens to a crust you can ride on. It’s super grippy, a bit like riding on Moab slickrock. We’re a few weeks away from those weather conditions however.

I’m getting tired of winter though. Itching to break out some skinner tires.

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I’d trade you spring for winter right now, but it would only be flattening the curve and pushing out my annual spring allergy sickness a couple months. :face_with_thermometer: Feeling “better” today and tried a field test :rofl: and it did not end well.

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2 months of allergies does not sound like fun. That’s got to really mess with training. A good time to rack up base miles I guess.

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Darwin was on the calendar for yesterday, which I planned to do in the evening but it didn’t happen (notwithstanding the morning’s pre-dawn 1hr trail escape). So, I did it today as an outdoor ride. It’s a 4x10’ but I did it as a 2x30’ by skipping past breaks and resetting the intervals as I looped around to repeat the main climb (opens with a .5mi of 8% on pavement and the rest on trail for an overall segment of 4.1mi averaging 5%).

Nearing the top of the main ascent.

I should have pointed the camera more to the right for more rolling hills and mountains… oh well. This is near the top of the main climb after turning around, which I did at the end of the second effort (I continued onward at the end of the first ascent to loop around).

Easy spin between ascents. The climb is on the ridge to the left.

Temp was 0C with a “feels like” of -3C. The main climb is a Strava segment and I dropped a full minute (even with coming to a near-complete stop due to horses coming down the trail), moving me up from 6th to 5th overall. The KOM is held by a local who is, according to Strava, 10-15 years younger and at least 30 lbs lighter than me :slight_smile: I’ll have to drop nearly 7’ of my time (32:04 → 25:19) to get the KOM. (Second place is 30:02).

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This looks blooming amazing. Remind me to get some decent winter clothes for next season :dizzy_face:

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